US Secretary Of State Expected In Abuja

US Secretary Of State Expected In Abuja

He pledged free and fair polls in 2019, recalling that the then U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, had visited before the 2015 polls "and told the party in government then and those of us in opposition to behave ourselves and we did".

Tillerson was speaking in the capital N'Djamena, said a report on Chad's progress toward strengthening controls on passports and improving information sharing was being prepared in Washington.

"As we have had success in defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria, we knew that violence would flee that area, and we knew that Africa was there area they would come", Tillerson said.

Tillerson's message of growing US cooperation with Chad, a key counterterrorism partner, was overshadowed by palpable hurt and resentment over Chad's position on an inglorious list that includes North Korea, Iran and Venezuela.

In September, the Trump administration added Chad, a key counterterrorism ally, to its updated travel ban.

"So, the United States is ready to engage and coordinate efforts as well".

Tillerson, who had met Chad's President Idriss Deby previously while serving as CEO of ExxonMobil, said he was concerned about the presence of Islamic State-allied militants in the Sahel and called Chad an "important partner".

But he says the decision will have to await a final report the USA will prepare later in March. The officials' comments followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May.

As the USA and its partners near a defeat of IS in Iraq and Syria, concern is mounting about the extremist group's spread to other parts of the world, including Africa and Southeast Asia.

He affirmed that Boko Haram remains a threat not just to Nigeria but the subregion.

The various versions of Trump's travel ban have faced opposition in USA courts.

When responding a question on alternatives to Chinese loans, he said if the Nigerian government could create the right conditions around infrastructural investments, it could access loans from the U.S.

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